I am planning on picking up a Intel Core I5-3570 Processor to upgrade my pc, will I need anything else?

I am planning on getting the Intel Core I5-3570, but I don't know whether i'll need any other components to handle it. eg. Better power supply
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums,
    What are the current specs of your PC, can't really advise without that info
  2. CPU: Intel Core I5-3570 @ 3.40Ghz
    GPU: EVGA GTX 660
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX)
    HHD: 2TB
    OS: Win 7
  3. Your idea will not work as presented, here's why: Your motherboard is an AM3+ (AMD) motherboard, an Intel CPU will not fit nor work on that motherboard. Simply put, you can only put AMD CPU's on an AMD motherboard. Another limitation to the motherboard is the use of a processor of 95W or less (I'm taking that as meaning less than 95W) since your motherboard recommends against running burn-in/stressing programs to avoid possible heat damage found here

    What about your current PSU, what do you have going on there? Make and model preferably.
  4. (Sorry for late reply) I can't find my exact Psu, but I can tell you now it isn't great.

    On another note, could you think of an Amd processor that is equivalent to the i5-3570? Seen as the i5 isn't compatible.

    Thanks for the help
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    I'm thinking the 6 core FX-6300 would be a good CPU which shouldn't overwhelm the Voltage Regulation on the board. It will not give the performance of a newer i5 but it should get you close. I'm not sure if a BIOS update would be needed to run that CPU.

    For a PSU, I would suggest the XFX 550 Pro as an option or, if wanting something modular, the SeaSonic M12II 620W both are well received units made by SeaSonic (one of the top PSU manufacturers)
  6. Thank you so much. I will definitely pick the FX-6300 up and the SeaSonic M12II 620W up.

    Just wanted to ask one more question, (about the GPU). I haven't actually picked it up yet and should I wait till the 800 series comes out, is it worth waiting? or should I grab the EVGA GTX 660.
  7. For the most part GPU pricing stays fairly stable, there always exists the waiting option, really, it's up to you. Me, I'm not really much of a waiting type
  8. Like wise about the waiting part, thanks for all the help.
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